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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Information for Dual-Degree Students

Students enrolled in an approved dual undergraduate/graduate degree program are able to receive a bachelor's degree and a master's degree within a shorter time period than it would take to earn the two degrees separately.

Financial Aid Implications

  • Undergraduate Aid: As a dual-degree student, you are considered an undergraduate during the first four years of your program, and you should file your FAFSA and CSS Profile as such. You are eligible to receive your undergraduate scholarships and grants for those four years as well.
    • Institutional Aid: The Financial Aid office expects first-time, first-year undergraduate students to be eligible for consideration for institutional merit or need-based undergraduate financial aid for a maximum of four academic years from the point of initial enrollment (excluding summer and interterm periods), or until the student earns the bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. For institutional aid eligibility for dual degree students the university defines four academic years as up to 12 quarters of fall, winter, spring enrollment. Students who receive any amount of credit in a quarter are considered to be enrolled. If a student is not receiving aid in one or more of those enrolled quarters, the timeline for 12 quarters of aid eligibility continues.
    • Federal Aid: For federal aid purposes dual degree students automatically become graduate students in the next enrollment period after attaining 198 hours of earned or accepted credit. Any dual degree student who has completed their undergraduate degree requirements is considered a graduate student regardless of the number of quarters of prior enrollment.
  • Graduate Aid: Students enrolled in dual degree programs are considered graduate students for federal financial aid purposes after attaining 198 credit hours, even if the student has not met the undergraduate degree requirements. Federal regulations do not allow students in dual degree programs who have completed four academic years (defined as 198 credit hours) to continue to receive undergraduate federal aid. Students in the law school dual degree program are aided as graduate students after three undergraduate academic years (149 hours for federal aid purposes). You should file your FAFSA as a graduate student (no CSS Profile is needed), and contact your graduate program about any merit-based aid they have available. Federal loan eligibility will increase for most students because of the higher graduate student borrowing maximum.
  • Exceptions:
    • Students in the 6-year Bachelors/JD Program with the Sturm College of Law are considered an undergraduate student during the first three years of the program, and are then considered a graduate student during years 4-6.
    • Boettcher and Daniels Fund scholars are eligible to have their tuition covered through the fifth year of a dual-degree program.

If you have specific questions about how your financial aid may be affected, please contact our office.